Definition of paranymph in English:


Pronunciation /ˈparənɪmf/


rare, historical
  • An advocate; a spokesperson or orator who speaks on behalf of someone else.


Mid 16th century (in an earlier sense). From Middle French, French paranymphe and its etymons post-classical Latin paranymphus male wedding attendant, best man and paranympha bridesmaid from ancient Greek παράνυμϕος (masculine noun) friend of the bridegroom, best man, in Byzantine Greek also (feminine noun) bridesmaid from παρα- + νύμϕη bride.